I have conduit (plastic at both ends but I can't confirm no metal conduit somewhere in between) running underground to an outlet in my yard that needed to be replaced. I switched off the breaker and cut the wires from the outlet before realizing that there were 3 individual wires running through the conduit, not 3 wires together. All 3 wires are insulated so the ground isn't a bare copper wire. The green wire SHOULD be the ground but it appears that the little piece that remains attached to the neutral on the outlet is green. What would happen if I mixed up the neutral and the ground? The new outlet is a GFCI for outdoor use. At the breaker, the ground is bare copper so the wire must be spliced somewhere or jumped off another outlet.
Thank you for your replies. I just added the picture of the original outlet with what appears to have the piece of green wire attached to the white/neutral which is the basis for my concern. Since getting these mixed up creates a safety issue, do you have any suggestions on how to figure out which is which? I have the breaker turned off for the time being for obvious reasons.